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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Amersfoort Zoo funding recieved for 2010-2011 Club P.A.N. year!

We are happy to announce that we have received $4600(USD) in funding from the DierenPark Amersfoort Wildlife Fund (DPAWF) for the 2010-2011 Club P.A.N. School year! This money will be allocated towards paying the salary of the four teachers entirely employed by the W.C.F. for Club P.A.N. This is the second year that the Amersfoort Zoo is funding the club and we thank them for their continued support and generosity.

Two NEW Club P.A.N. schools & the 2009 teacher workshop

 Club P.A.N. teacher training October 2009

The 2009-2010 Club P.A.N. school year is now well underway!

As previously mentioned, all funding is secured for this school year thanks to the generosity of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Great Ape Conservation Fund (USFW GACF), the Oregon Zoo, the Columbus Zoo & Spreadshirt

We are very happy to announce that Club P.A.N. has expanded to two new schools and welcomed two new teachers into the fold in this year. 120 new students from the villages of Daobly and Amaragui are now part of the Club P.A.N. family. That makes 813 students enrolled in Club P.A.N. in 2009-2010!

The first teacher training was lead by Claudia Borchers in October of this year and was a success. All of the teachers are extremly motivated and we all look forward to a great 2009-2010.

Article on Club P.A.N. and Club Ebobo published!

Claudia Borchers, Julia Riedel, Christophe Boesch & Thomas Breuer just published a paper in La Revue de Primatologie Titled Deux programmes d’éducation environnementale pour la conservation des grands singes africains: Club Ebobo et Club P.A.N. (Two environmental education programs for the conservation of the African great apes: Club Ebobo and Club P.A.N.)

English Abstract
In this article we will present two long term environmental education projects which aim to raise awareness about the protection of great apes and their tropical rainforest habitat. Club Ebobo is based around the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo and Club P.A.N. around the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast. In both projects, children learn about the importance of the conservation of their regional ecosystems and the protection of the endangered great apes living close to them – the west African chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) in Ivory Coast, and the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) in the Republic of Congo. Both projects take place in villages close to the named national parks and are conducted with the help of regional coordinators and teachers. The projects are well accepted in the region and are a part of the conservation efforts conducted for the conservation of great apes. We summarize the success and challenges that we encountered with both nature clubs and make some recommendations on how to improve environmental education.

The entire article in french can be found here

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Great News! All 10 Club P.A.N. lessons now available for FREE download

Since the inception of Club P.A.N., we have been using a set of ten conservation education lessons developped and designed by the Primate Conservation Group of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, two professional illustrators and a book editor. These lessons can now be downloaded for free! All pictures and texts were developed by the above mentioned, who are owners of the copyrights and credits. You are welcome to freely use these materials for non-commercial activities under the condition that the original content and aims are respected and the logo and names of the above mentioned are highlighted.
The lessons are in French. Each lesson is approximately 20 pages long and includes the theoretical background and facts about the topic. Each lesson is filled with a large variety of teaching tools and activities including comic strips, songs, games, quizzes, mazes, spot-the-difference pictures, experiments and suggestions for nature walks.

The lesson topics are: 

 All lessons can also be downloaded from the WCF website